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Rashida Tlaib Accuses Dem Leadership Of Racism, Says Pelosi Uses Minority Members As ‘Tokens Of Diversity’

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) lashed out at Democrats — not Republicans — yesterday, in the wake of crticism leveled at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for minimizing the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, accusing Dem leadership, including Speaker of the Houes Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), of racism, and using Congressional colleagues of color as “tokens of diversity.”

Fox News reports that Tlaib “claimed in a Twitter message Saturday that she and other minority members of the party have been used as tokens whenever the party wants to project an image of inclusiveness.”

She joined a number of Islamic activists on Twitter who were accusing Pelosi, who Tweeted that 9/11 was “sacred ground,” of not doing enough to defend Omar against what they felt were unfair attacks over comments she made that “some people did something” on September 11th.

Omar’s comments were, it seems, meant to allege that Muslims across the globe have been discriminated against and mistreated in the wake of the September 11th attacks — a point she was trying to use to justify her opposition to what she calls President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban,” a travel restriction that prevents travelers from countries that actively sponsor and bankroll terrorist organizations from obtaining even temporary visas to visit the United States.

The ban itself has been altered several times. The final version, which bans residents of 9 countries, 7 of which are majority Muslim, has held up under legal scrutiny (so far).

Tlaib pointed out that several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have called comments criticizing Omar “incitement to violence” — a legal exception to the First Amendment’s right to freedom of speech, and a punishable crime — but that Pelosi has chosen instead to ask Trump and others to simply tone down their rhetoric.

That’s because, Tlaib, says, Pelosi and others in Democratic leadership are actively racist.

“They put us in photos when they want to show our party is diverse,” Tlaib wrote on social media. “However, when we ask to be at the table, or speak up about issues that impact who we are, what we fight for & why we ran in the first place, we are ignored. To truly honor our diversity is to never silence us.”

Tlaib also retweeted a post from Omar, essentially accusing Pelosi of the same, as well as a post from a “human rights activist,” who doubled down.

“More and more we’re realizing that POC [people of color] are used as props by @TheDemocrats,” Tlaib’s retweeted missive read. “When we run, we’re told to wait our turn. When we speak about our struggles, we’re told we’re angry. When we ask them to stand up for us, they say we’re being divisive.”

Pelosi’s comments on Saturday, indeed, did not defend Omar. Instead she merely asked the President not to use images of 9/11 in “political attacks,” tweeting, “The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence. The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”

This isn’t the first time Pelosi has failed to rush to the defense of her more vocal, progressive colleagues. She has chastized Omar before for using anti-Semitic tropes in speeches, and accusing fellow Democrats of having “dual loyalty” to both Israel and the United States (Tlaib has also unleashed that particular smear on occasion). Pelosi also spearheaded an effort to censure Omar, which ultimately turned into a weaselly blanket condemnation of “all hate.”

Just last week. Pelosi appeared to take aim at Tlaib’s and Omar’s sister-in-arms, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), complaining that real policy cannot be made on Twitter.

This is a battle Pelosi is likely to lose.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. paulette barrow

    April 14, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    I CANT EVEN READ THIS WHOLE THING IF RASHIDA,OMAR OR ANY OTHER MUSLIM DONT LIKE IT YOU CAN ALWAYS LEAVE ,THIS COUNTRY WILL NOT BE CHANGED FOR OR TO YOUR WAY OF THINKING,PERIOD..THESE WOMEN WERE NOT VOTED IN THEY WERE PUT IN WITH SPECIFIC AGENDAS AND PART OF THE AGENDA IS TO CAUSE DIVISION,DISCORD,CHOAS,ECT,THIS IS WHAT RASHIDA,OMAR,CORTEZ AND NOW THE NEW ONE IN PENN MOVITA IS DOING,THERES AN AGENDA AND ITS NOT FOR YOURS,MINE OR AMERICAS GOOD

  2. BETTY LEE

    April 18, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    It looks to me like all the Heehaws’ false accusations of Islamophobia and Xenophobia made against Trump are coming back from within their own party to bite them in the butt.

  3. SweetLadyMary

    April 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Muslims have no right to complain if people don’t trust them. Most terrorist attacks have been made by Muslims. It wasn’t some people that caused 9/11, it was Muslim terrorists. Perhaps if their cult did not ask for the violent annihilation of people who do not belong to their cult, then they might merge from the 7th Century (which I might add, about 600 years after the founding of Christianity) into the present. There is no other religion that mandates the death of members who wish to leave the cult. Tlaib needs to get the chip off her shoulder and bless the day that she came to the U.S. instead of living in the hell hole that is the Middle East. She is welcome to leave the U.S. anytime to join her fellow Muslims in the Middle East where women have absolutely no rights.

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